Author: Don Hayward
ISBN 978-1-62137-463-3 (softcover)
When global economic collapse hits a small town in Dufferin County, Ontario, Canada, many residents flee in search of relief while others choose more horrible solutions. The catastrophe overwhelms elected governments as the long distance supply of food collapses and desperate populations fight for meager rations. Some local residents band together to survive, but their efforts are threatened by an elite that sees collapse as a chance to take control. Bloody fighting among ethnic groups and criminal gangs spills out of the cities, engulfing much of the countryside. Threatened by repression and murder, the local progressive leadership seeks allies in order to survive. They join the small, free enclave of Huron Territory, struggling against internal shortages, starvation and the brutal dictatorship that soon dominates most of Ontario. Their story spans decades of resistance, victory and rebuilding throughout the Great Lakes' basin until the shadows of grief and loss give way to the hopes of new generations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Hayward was born in Sudbury Ontario in 1946. He grew up at a hydro-electric generating site on the Spanish River, surrounded by the natural world of the Canadian Shield hard rock country. During 1970-71 he backpacked and worked in Australia. Returning to Canada to study photography, Don met his wife Diane in Toronto. After living in the city for ten years, they moved to Dufferin County Ontario. The family ran a small part time farming operation as Don commuted to his job in the electrical industry. Don was active in founding a renewable energy co-operative, and that led him into the issues of peak oil, developing resource scarcity and the instability of the global financial system. Don retired in 2008 and drives a wheelchair school bus. He is involved in community and family activities. Diane and Don have five children, thirteen grandchildren, and reside and Grey County Ontario.
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